Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Hopelessly Devoted to Grease

We were happy that the Orange County Performing Arts Center (OCPAC) decided to repeat its Free-For-All Movie Mondays program this year. On four consecutive Mondays during the summer, OCPAC projects a big movie musical on the side of the main theatre and invites people to bring their lawn chairs and blankets and watch the movie for free, drive-in movie theater style (only without the cars). And this year, Tim, Amy and I attended the screening of Grease.

True Grease aficionados, James and Amy. (07/21/2008)
True Grease aficionados, James and Amy. (07/21/2008)

Last year, we made it to Singin' in the Rain and Xanadu (sadly, we missed West Side Story and Moulin Rouge!). Although we wanted to attend all of the movies they selected this year (Easter Parade, Grease, The Muppet Movie and the 2007 version of Hairspray), if there was one that we absolutely could not miss, it was Grease.

Tim ready to be converted. (07/21/2008)
Tim ready to be converted. (07/21/2008)

Forget the fact that Grease is one of my favorite movies of all time (and one of Amy's for that matter). What was important was that we converted Tim. For years, he has always said he hated Grease because his sister loved it so much and would play it over and over and over (and rightly so). This was our chance to lure Tim to the Grease side of The Force.

The crowd at Grease. (07/21/2008)
The crowd at Grease. (07/21/2008)

I don't know how successful we were in converting Tim, but he did enjoy the night. Seeing it on the big screen again was fun, especially outdoors with a bunch of other Grease fans (some of whom wore 1950s era costumes). The only downside for me was that no one was singing along with the songs. I say next year, make it a sing-along version!

1 comment:

beastandbean said...

OMG, that sounds like it was a lot of fun! Christine and I looove "Grease" and so glad to hear that you have Tim on the road to recovery regarding the best musical of the 1970's.

His sister aside, I always thought Tim was on the wrong side of history on that one..."Xanadu" over "Grease"? Please...there's no comparison, man!